It is sad that Studs died just before Barack Obama won this election. My guess is he already completed his absentee ballot. Obama is a Chicago candidate, one Studs was proud of.
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Together with my father, Studs Terkel dramatized for me the joys and possibilities of conversation. They planted the seeds of the conviction that there is nothing that cannot be talked about.
Throughout the campaign, this idea of getting down to work told us what kind of person we'd be getting as President.
A spirit of anticipation hovers all around, the feeling that something else, something different, better -- call it hope -- is just around the corner.
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Studs was an advocate for progressive change and I wish he had lived long enough to hear what he had to say on the outcome of Tuesday's Presidential election.
Studs was the most widely and deeply loved man I ever hope to know. If you met him, he was your friend.
Recently I asked Studs how it feels to be treated like an elfin doll by today's patriotic Judges, Good Citizens, and fucking young solipsists--this despite the fact that he still speaks at universal healthcare rallies and anti-war protests.
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Come Tuesday, we measure how far we've come. I have no doubt that Studs Terkel, the great American believer, died happy, anticipating what might come Tuesday.
He wanted to live to see Barack Obama elected President of the United States. What a shame that Studs didn't make it. But like Moses, he took us close to the Promised Land.
Studs Terkel died on Friday in Chicago at the age of 96. He was too young. But then, whenever he ended up dying, he'd be too young.
I asked Studs Terkel, if he were to interview Obama, what would he ask him? That got him going.
I could have gone either way, and I think that when I arrived in Chicago, fresh out of college in 1992 I was neither liberal nor conservative. But then . . .
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